Tuesday, January 31, 2012
More details are still being worked out, but please make note of these planned changes.
Saturday, January 28, 2012
The Hippology contest consists of 4 different parts- a written exam, stations that you have to go to to identify and determine various horse related components, classes to judge, and then a team problem for the senior members. The Horse Bowl is a contest for teams to compete in where they ask of horse related questions, but working as a team and in more of a "Jeopardy" type setting.
For more information click here and look under the "Blog Post Follow Up" section. Registration for this event closes on February 24th.
Friday, January 27, 2012
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Youth ages 9-18 with an interest in preserving rare breeds of sheep have the chance to compete for a free ewe lamb to be given at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival in May. Essay applications are due April 1st. Please contact the Extension Office for a conservation program flyer with details.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Good luck to our 4-H members and clubs as you prepare displays and educational exhibits!
Friday, January 20, 2012
Students will gain hands-on experience in the disciplines of veterinary science and food safety under the “farm-to-table” theme. Participants will also observe small ruminants and on-farm processing techniques. Students reside on campus in a dormitory and learn field and laboratory research techniques
from university professors. Field trips and guest speakers provide enhanced exposure to agricultural production and research. This program is facilitated by the Virginia State University (VSU) School of Agriculture, with collaboration from USDA partners and industry representatives.
Contact: Antonio McLaren, (804) 524-6872, firstname.lastname@example.org; Paula McCapes, (804) 524-5839, email@example.com www.vsu.edu
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Congratulations to Molly Elgin, who was recently accepted as a 2012 IFYE (International Four-H Youth Exchange) outbound delegate to Australia!!! Molly has been active in Orange 4-H Dairy and Livestock Clubs; as a Junior Camp, Fair Day Camp and Cloverbud Camp counselor; and volunteered for 4-H programs such as summer workshops, Ag Day and Farm Tour. She and her family have hosted two IFYE delegates from Austria and Germany, and Molly is also active as a sports team manager at the high school. Good luck, Molly, as you raise funds for this special trip, and have a great time learning about the Australian culture, continent and people!
This will be the 2012 Orange County Fair theme in recognition of the excitement surrounding a future move to new fairgrounds. However, the 2012 fair will definitely be at the same location as last year, on property owned by Montpelier behind the old visitors' center.
Exhibitors should use this theme when planning their summer exhibits. Let's have a whole "herd" of great displays!!!
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Sarah is a longtime 4-H member who showed hogs, judged livestock and competed on the cattle working team. She attended Virginia Tech, where she coordinated the Youth Swine Day for Virginia 4-H & FFA, participated on the collegiate judging team, and served as an Extension Summer Intern in the Madison County Extension Office. Sarah operates a pick-your-own pumpkin patch on the family farm each fall and has previously served as a 4-H volunteer.
She's off to a great start, having already made Valentine's with the True Blue Cloverbuds for their service project, hosted a stockman's practice, planned our participation in 4-H Day at the State Capitol and met with key TACO (Therapeutic Adventure Camp of Orange) volunteers. Sarah's e-mail will be seweaver [@] vt.edu. Welcome, Sarah!
Friday, January 13, 2012
If you have any questions, or need any information let us know.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Camp is a great opportunity to meet new people, make new friends, and work on your leadership skills. College may be a way off for most of you, but many college and scholarship applications look very favorably, and ask about leadership skills.
To be a camp counselor you must:
- Be a friendly person!
- Set a good example for the campers and be a good role model
- Encourage the campers to participate in activities and make them feel welcome and at home
- Be willing to carry out instructions or directions
- Serve as a class assistant, helper, or teach a class
- Help with recreation, evening programs, and campfire activities
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the extension office!
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Saturday, January 7, 2012
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Active 4-H club members are encouraged to submit an essay on the topic “The Results of Honey Bee Pollination in My Community” for a chance to win cash prizes and advance to the national level for judging. Entries are due February 3rd and should be 750-1000 words in length. For a complete list of criteria and rules, please contact the Extension Office.
Monday, January 2, 2012
Dr. Olson spoke about heartworm prevention in dogs, and showed the kids what happens to a dog’s heart when it becomes infected with heartworms. Then she moved onto explaining the benefits of proper nutrition and diet in our pets and how obesity affects their joints just like ours. The kids were captivated by the joint demonstration, but nothing excited them more than to see a very special stuffed patient awaiting surgery. Hooked-up like any real pet, the kids experienced all the reality of pet surgery (without an actual live patient) - to the relief of the parents who also attended.
If you think it can’t get better it does! Dr. Olson and her Vet Assistant Britney took our kids into the x-ray room and showed them some really cool animal x-rays. They also demonstrated the safety precautions necessary for them while taking the x-rays. The kids were so fascinated the questions kept pouring out of them. I don’t think Dr. Olson stood a chance against these 4-H kids! Dental hygiene and blood tests were also discussed as part of the general overall health and wellness of pet care.
The tour ended with a very surprising and special homemade cookie offering by Dr. Olson’s staff. Then all the kids were each given a dog leash, pen, and magnet to take home. What a generous donation of time, effort, and educational enrichment we all received! Orange County is lucky to have such a contributing, and generous business member of this community. The 4-H Crazy Pets Club cannot thank them enough for such a wonderful and educational experience!